Debenhams has announced that it will not reopen five of its stores once the nationwide lockdown is lifted.
It is understood that the permanent closures could result in up 1,000 staff losing their jobs.
Debenhams had struck deals with landlords to keep most of its 142 stores open after the struggling retailer fell into administration for the second time last month.
But it failed to secure deals for its stores at the Bullring in Birmingham, The Oracle in Reading, Centrale in Croydon, Highcross in Leicester, and Silverburn in Glasgow.
All five outlets will close as a result.
Debenhams said in a statement seen by The Independent: “We can confirm that despite our best efforts, we have been unable to agree terms with Hammerson on our five stores in its shopping centres, and so they will not be reopening.
“We continue to engage in constructive talks with our landlords and